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October releases from Fruits de Mer Records – including The Electric Prunes, The Pretty Things and The Yardbirds

 

1966-1968 : arguably the golden era for music. ‘The Three Seasons‘ is a bit of a tribute to the psychedelic era – the first buds forming in ’66, the summer of love and the comedown in ’68.

Some of Fruits de Mer‘s best-known artists are joined by some new faces and a few who were actually there at the time and were personally responsible for some of the amazing sounds that we’re celebrating in this vinyl love-in.

The Three Seasons has taken rather a long time to grow into the 3 LP set that will be presented for your consideration in early October – although, in the end, some heavy pruning was necessary to fit everything onto six sides (it could so easily have been a 4LP set, but someone had already knicked the ‘four seasons’ title).

The music ranges from pop-psych to acid-folk, heavy rock to prog, from classic songs to the long-lost – the kind of thing Fruits de Mer was designed for.

So, who is responsible for the two hours+ of music between the grooves? Step forward:

side 1

  1. The Past Tense – Magic In The Air (originally by The Attack : recorded in 1967)
  2. LoveyDove – Bedazzled (originally by Drimble Wedge and the Vegetations : 1967)
  3. Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder – Amelia Jane (originally by Made In Sheffield : 1967)
  4. Jack Ellister – Aquarius (originally by The Zodiac:Cosmic Sounds : 1967)
  5. Rob Gould – Granny Takes A Trip (originally by The Purple Gang : 1967)

side 2

  1. Mark McDowell and Friends – Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire (originally by The Small Faces : 1966)
  2. Anton Barbeau – Sunshine Superman (originally by Donovan : 1965)
  3. The Electric Prunes – 7 and 7 is (originally by Love : 1966)
  4. Moonweevil – Child Of The Sky (originally by The Deviants : 1967)
  5. Kris Gietkowski – A-Minor Explosion (originally by Don Shinn : 1966)
  6. The Yardbirds – Think About It (live in 2016) (originally by The Yardbirds : 1968)

side 3

  1. The Locker Room Cowboys – We Love You (originally by The Rolling Stones : 1967)
  2. King Penguin – White Bird (written : 1967, released by It’s A Beautiful Day : 1969)
  3. Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Solitary Man (originally by Neil Diamond : 1966)
  4. The Luck Of Eden Hall – Reflected (originally by Alice Cooper : 1968)

side 4

  1. The Honey Pot – Kites (written by Hackaday/Pockriss; recorded by The Rooftop Singers / Simon Dupree and the Big Sound : 1967)
  2. Cary Grace – 1983 (A Merman I Should Be…) (originally by the Jimi Hendrix Experience : 1968)

side 5

  1. Sidewalk Society – A Saying For Today (originally by The Action : 1968)
  2. Jay Tausig – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (trad. recorded by Anne Briggs : 1963 / Pentangle : 1968)
  3. Magic Bus – Tribal Gathering (originally by The Byrds : 1967)
  4. Proud Peasant – Down At Circe’s Place (originally by Touch : 1968)
  5. Icarus Peel – Beck’s Bolero (originally by Jeff Beck Group : 1966)

side 6

  1. The Green Ray – Dusty (originally by John Martyn : 1968)
  2. Ex-Norwegian – Winter (originally by Family : 1968)
  3. Consterdine – Fly (originally by J.K. & Co : 1968)
  4. The Gold Needles – The Smell of Incense (originally by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band : 1967)
  5. The Pretty Things – Loneliest Person (live at the Half Moon, 2010) (originally by The Pretty Things : 1968)

The other new vinyl release comes from Kris Gietkowski, who created the wonderfully-mad solo instrumental version of Egg‘s first album last year from FdM. He’s back and it’s as if Egg have never been away – on ‘Symmetric Communication‘, he moves onto their second album with a cover of ‘A Visit To Newport Hospital‘ and then creates two new compositions that are heavily influenced by the band – again it’s all instrumental and the work of one man – and I think it’s damn good (he said modestly).

 
 

Fuchsia – Fruits de Mer Records special edition reissue 2LP+DVD+24pp A4 Magazine+poster July 30

Described by MOJO magazine as a “long-lost classic”, Fuchsia’s debut LP was released on the Pegasus label in 1970.

It received little publicity at the time, soon disappearing from view as the band broke up and went their separate ways; it was more than 30 years before it became recognized as a great early example of the fusion of progressive and folk rock, with the innovative use of strings.

Unavailable on vinyl for many years(excepting the inevitable poor quality bootlegs), Cherry Red have kindly given Fruits de Mer the rights to reissue the album, bu they’ve gone several steps further than a straight repress – working with the band’s founder Tony Durant, they’ve added a second LP of early demos along with new recordings of previously unreleased songs, including the band’s first 15 minute studio recording – taken from the only-known acetate, attributed at the time to the “Tony Durrant Ensemble” (sic) and the basis for them landing their one-album deal.

Add in a 15 minute DVD in which Tony talks about the album and the intervening 40-odd years, a fold-out poster of the stunning original cover and a 24pp A4 magazine that includes a reprint of Richard Morton Jack’s superb 16pp Flashback mag feature on the band, and you have the making of a rather spedial reissue.

To round off the package, Tony adds new sleeve-notes to a gatefold sleeve, in which he describes each of the bonus tracks – and the whole thing is pressed on 180gm colour vinyl.

The release is timed to coincidence with Fuchsia visiting the UK this summer to play gigs at:

August 3: the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Cardigan

August 9: The Half Moon, London

Tony will be playing many tracks from the original album and is very much open to more gigs, interview, radio sets, while he’s in the UK.

This is Fruits de Mer’s first-ever reissue of an album – and they’ve done their best to make it something special for long-time fans of the band and for everyone discovering Fuchsia for the first time.

A few words from Tony, looking back…

They say, good things come to those who wait…

What a surprise back in about 2003, to hear that our little Fuchsia album had gone on the make a life of its own without me.

Amazing!

My thoughts now…standing on stage, mid song, and drifting off…thing, what amI doing here with this going on around me…those old songs, and new…and all these people digging it!

How fortunate I am to have this beautiful thing, once abandoned, returned to me. The music has obviously connected with quite a few people, which is everything.

And with the 2013 follow up album so well received. I feel very proud that this perhaps unconventional music has actually formed some emotional bonds out there.

It’s obviously struck a chord with quite a few people.

It would have been hard to accept that your contribution to art of this genre stopped in 1971. But good fortune allows me to enthusiastically continue the journey. Thanks everyone!

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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Sendelica – Cromlech Chronicles III (Fruits de Mer Records, July 30)

Sendelica will be back on Fruits de Mer just in time for their 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus summer festival, and with something of a harder edge for this latest installment in their Welsh chronicles. As it’s Part 3, it’ll have a 3D front cover (& 3D glasses) and come as a set of three 10″ records – all just for the hell of it. Pressed on colour vinyl, naturally.

Here’s a little context to the new recordings:

Back in 2006 Sendelica recorded their debut album, “Entering The Rainbow Light“. at Mwnci Studios in the magical landscape of West Wales.

It was to be almost another decade  before the band returned to that studio in what is turning into a regular gathering of like-minded musical souls in search of new musical paths that have become known as the “Cromlech Chronicle” sessions.

An annual two days of simply playing, improvising and recording to see where the musical muse leads the group members. August 2017 saw the regular Sendelica line-up swell its ranks to a six piece band with the addition of a second drummer Gregory Curvey (from The Luck of Eden Hall) and keyboardist Roger Morgan.

After 2016’s recordings of cerebral ambiance (“Cromlech II“) the new line up explored both pastoral pastures in “Teifi Marshes“, “12 Shades Revisited” and “Star Flower Blossom” alongside searing psychedelic prog workouts “Slow Burner“, “BS“, and “Lost Citi of Cardiza“.

The 3×10” set contains:

  1. BS (6:39)
  2. Slow Burner (12:41)
  3. 12 Shades Revisited (10:58)
  4. Teifi Marshes (9:14)
  5. Star Flower Blossom (14:40)
  6. Lost City of Cardiza (8:43)

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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

The new EP “Wings To Fly” by Deep Imagination 

-New 4-track EP “Wings To Fly” is out now
-The new videoclip “Wings To Fly (single-version)” is now online


On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17 minutes long track “Wings To Fly“. In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work. With the EP “Wings To Fly”, Deep Imagination is releasing the single version of the successful long track.

In terms of content, “Wings To Fly” is about using one’s wings to fly in analogy. “Atmospheric, Floydian, Cinematic”, perhaps no other piece of the solo project of the German electro-musician Thorsten Sudler-Mainz fits better to this claim than “Wings To Fly”. Atmospheric electronics with ethereal vocals in combination with driving tribal rhythms and floydian guitars make “Wings To Fly” a fascinating sound experience.

With “Paradise In Space (ep-version)“, an impressive 10-minute album medley and the outtake “Watching The Fire”, Deep Imagination concludes its most successful chapter yet with this EP. (BSC Music / Prudence)

Tracklist:

1. Wings To Fly (single-version) (4:29)
2. Paradise In Space (ep-version) (4:42)
3. Carefully Kept Secrets (album-medley) (9:55)
4. Watching The Fire (outtake) (4:58)

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In the video “Wings To Fly (single-version)” Deep Imagination go on stage. In the atmospheric ambience of Art Gallery Artlantis Thorsten Sudler-Mainz presents himself and his fellow musicians authentically on instrument and microphone. The amazingly well-working 4:30 minute long single version of the original 17-minute long track brings it to the point with the typical musical ingredients. (BSC Music / Prudence)

The Video on YouTube:

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Goldfish: 10 Years of Fruits de Mer Records (Fruits de Mer Records, 30 April 2018)

As a kid I used to turn on the radio, lie down, close my eyes and lose myself to the sounds of music…

It happened again the other day when I started listening to the compilation “Goldfish: 10 years of Fruits de Mer Records”.

Fruits de Mer is an indie record label from Surrey, UK specializing on psychedelia, progressive rock, acid-folk, krautrock and spacerock riding on the back of the vinyl revival, even if there wasn’t one when they started out back in 2008…

In Keith’s own words:

Established way back in 1715 (that’s a quarter past five in the evening) by Andy and Keith, we started out with the carefully laid-out plan to unearth and reissue long-lost, classic tracks from the sixties and early seventies – but the record companies with the rights to the back-catalogues simply didn’t want to know us. After several weeks of crying into our beer, we thought, “sod it, we’ll do it ourselves”…and we have. Andy decided it was time to do something different a few years ago, so FdM now consists of me (Keith) and whoever else I can rope in, usually my lovely missus, Liz.
FdM releases are a right old mix of classic and obscure tracks, reinterpreted by artists who love them, respect them but want to breathe new life into them…and new songs by bands that have their roots in the 60s/70s.
Go on, put on your diving gear, join the Fruits de Mer deep-sea fishing trip as we dredge up whoppers by the likes of The Small Faces, Nick Drake, Can, HP Lovecraft, The Moody Blues, Egg, Arthur Brown and Strawberry Alarm Clock…even little-known names such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis get a look-in with us. Then we let new or cult artists such as The Bevis Frond, Soft Hearted Scientists, nick nicely, The Chemistry Set, Cranium Pie, Tir na nOg, Vibravoid and the mighty Pretty Things get to work in making the tracks their own. Running a vinyl record label is a sure-fire way of losing money but I’m in it for the love of it and, if you’ve read this far, you probably are too – you can find out more about FdM at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com call in for a cuppa, drop me a line any time.
In the words of Schizo Fun Addict, who put together our first single, “Be brave…and keep faith”.

Every Fruits De Mer Records release is limited and all on colour vinyl…

The catalogue numbers of this 3LP set and the bonus 7” single that comes with it (and they call “the little goldfish”) are crustacean 84 and 85 so as you realize these people managed to put a lot of releases out there…

“Goldfish: 10 years of Fruits de Mer Records” comes with tracks from The Pretty Things, nick nicely, Tir n nOg, The Chemistry Set, Stay , Beautify Junkyards, Cranium Pie, Astralasia, Sendelica, Vibravoid, Superfjord, Soft Hearted Scientists, The Honey Pot and a whole lot of other artists who really should have known better…

Goldfish focuses mainly on what Fruits de Mer originally set out to deliver – classic and willfully-obscure songs taken from, or heavily influenced by the 60s and early 70s…

  • Side one

Tor Peders – Theme One (Martin) from Tor Peders ‘Brev Fran Ederstorp‘ LP+7″ winkle 17

Sendelica – Venus In Furs (Reed) from Sendelica ‘A Nice Pear‘ 7″ crustacean 13

Us and Them – Willow’s Song (Giovanni) from Us and Them 7″ ‘Summerisle‘ 7″ crustacean 20

Stay – 2,000 Light Years From Home (Jagger/Richards) from the Stay 7″ crustacean 3

Tir na nOg – I Pick Up Birds At Funerals (O’Kelly) from Tir na nOg ‘I Have known Love‘ 7″ crustacean 49

  • Side two

The Chemistry Set – Come Kiss Me, Vibrate and Smile (McLean) from the Chemistry Set 7″ winkle 8

Hills Have Riffs – Down By The River (McCarthy) from the ‘Keep Off The Grass‘ double LP crustacean 21

White Sails – Fluff (Iommi) from the White Sails 7″ winkle 11

Soft Hearted Scientists – Caterpillar Song (Soft Hearted Scientists) from ‘Whatever Happened To The Soft Hearted Scientists‘ double LP+7″ crustacean 38

  • Side three

Vibravoid – Eye Shaking King (Karrer/Rogner) from Vibravoid ‘Krautrock Sensation‘ 7″ crustacean 7 (previously unreleased, extended mix)

Claudio Cataldi – Here She Comes Now (Reed/Cale/Morrison) from Claudio Cataldi ‘Here She Comes Now‘ 7″ winkle 22

King Penguin – She Don’t Care About Time (Clark) from the ‘7 and 7 is‘ box-set crustacean 51-57

Beautify Junkyards – From The Morning (Drake) from the Beautify Junkyards 7″ crustacean 30

nick nicely – Hilly Fields – The Mourning (nicely) from nick nicely ‘Hilly Fields‘ 7″ crustacean 27

  • Side four

Blue Zeta Giant Puppies – Journey Of The Sorcerer (Leadon) from ‘The Fruits de Mer Records Guide To The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy‘ 7″+CD crustacean 74

Cranium Pie – Baby You’re A Rich Man (Lennon/McCartney) from the Cranium Pie 7″ crustacean 8

Crystal Jacqueline – Cousin Jane (Page/Matthews) from the Crystal Jacqueline 7″ crustacean 39

Mark McDowell – Girls Of Belvoir (McDowell) from the Regal Crabomophone Annual 2014 7″ winkle 13

The Pretty Things – Helter Skelter (Lennon/McCartney) from ‘The White EP‘ (double 7″) crustacean 33

  • Side five

The Honey Pot – Dr. Crippen’s Waiting Room (Crowley/Greeley) from The Honey Pot ‘Ascending Scales‘ double LP winkle 25

Permanent Clear Light – Wherewithal (Ward) from the FdM 2011 Annual 7″ crustacean 16

Frobisher Neck – Isi (Dinger/Rother) from ‘Roqueting Through Space‘ (LP+7″) crustacean 13

Kris Gietkowski – I Will Be Absorbed (Brooks/Campbell/Stewart) from Kris Gietkowski ‘Music from Egg’s first LP‘ LP strange fish eight

Jack Ellister – The Man With The Biochopper (Ellister) from the Jack Ellister 7″ winkle 6

  • Side six

Sidewalk Society – Strange Roads (King/King) from Sidewalk Society ‘Strange Roads‘ LP crustacean 81

Astralasia – The Desert (Boulton/Swordfish) from Astralasia ‘Wind On Water‘ LP+7″ winkle 17

Superfjord – A Love Supreme (Coltrane) from the ‘Coltrane‘ 7″ crustacean 59

Schizo Fun Addict – Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (Marriott/Lane/McLagan/Jones) from the Schizo Fun Addict 7″ crustacean 1 (flake mix – previously unreleased)

…and all copies will include a bonus 7″ – the little goldfish (crustacean 85)

  1. Saturn’s Ambush – White Horses (Carr/Nisbet) from the ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set‘ 7″ crustacean 22
  2. Johnny Vines – Waterfall (Hess/Panka/Nadolny/Krantz) from the ‘Head Music‘ double LP crustacean 26

If you are into psychedelic rock/kraut/prog/spacerock/acid-folk this is a MUST for you…

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Gusztáv Fekete – Introspection (LP)

For the first time after 36 years Mutant Embryo Records proudly presents the official release of Gusztáv Fekete cryptic material. Recorded on reel tapes between 1979-1981 with true analogue sound, this album constitutes the Holy Grail of late 70’s Hungarian underground scene as except few demo cassettes it remained buried for over 3 decades!
Occult synthwave dressed with ritual, avant-garde/psych elements, merged in an absolute mystical masterpiece!
 
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Housed in 350gsm matte cover with 200gsm matte paper insert & vinyl in black polylined innersleeve.
Comes in 100 black & 150 clear vinyl hand numbered copies, sealed in PP overbag.
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Mark Stoermer – Filthy Apes and Lions (St. August Records 2017)

By the end of 2017, Mark Stoermer released his album “Filthy Apes and Lions”.

From its very opening, “Filthy Apes and Lions” sounded interesting and I thought  “nah… as it happens most of the time, it’s just the first song that sounds good…”

The video of the song is directed by Lee Hardcastle known for The ABCs of Death (2012), GUNSHIP: Tech Noir (2015) and An Alien Claymation (2013)

On the second track, “Beautiful Deformities”, things developed even more interesting and it became obvious that there was a kind of experimentation and psychedelia in the air…

Lyrically the songs were surreal but… still very interesting…

When “Racing In the Rain” started I said “ha! A Beatlesque track” but when the chorus came in things turned more Pink Floydish

Ok, now Mr Stoermer got my attention, so, as mainstream bands are not my cup of tea, I had to look up to find who he is…

Bass player Mark Stoermer was on the original line-up of the American rock band The Killers but a couple of years ago he announced that he would stop touring with the band, which of course was news to me…

So now, this “Filthy Apes and Lions” album that came out through his own record label, was becoming an even more pleasant surprise.

The surreal lyrics continue on “Dwarfish Trumpet Blues” that follows and the song ends in a typical 60’s psychedelic spirit…

One more animated video was made for this song, directed this time by Rafael Bonilla. (If I got the right one, he directed the documentaries La Carta and La batalla de las cruces)

Classic music influences appear on “The Perennial Legend of Dr. Mabuse” about the fictional character created by Norbert Jacques in the novel Dr. Mabuse der Spieler.

As we all know Dr. Mabuse from the three movies that Fritz Lang did about this character, the music video directed by Yoshi Sodeoka and Mark Stoermer himself, is flirting with a 1920’s cinematographic spirit.

Mica Rae” is a metaphor about modern life decay and a crazy rich woman.

Musically it returns to the Beatlesque feel and to the 60’s pop music forms…

The next one opens with a church organ bringing out to light another creature taken from the era of German expressionism: “Nosferatu Blues”.

The song takes an unexpected psychedelic turn with a Middle Eastern flavor while Stoermer sings “Look at me I’m a real vampire / I just wanted to live forever” and vanishes into thin air…

What follows is a 9 minute jazz-rock epic.

An instrumental piece titled “Muju’s Revenge” full of great piano, guitar and electric piano improvisation in a very 70’s sense…

The video is again directed by Rafael Bonilla

People Take Pictures of Each Other” is the playful tune that closes the album…

As I said, “Filthy Apes and Lions” was a surprise for me.

It made me want to listen to the other two solo albums that Mark Stoermer put out…

It is a delightful album and in combination with his videos and the themes of his lyrics, it shows that he has an interest in art in general…

A job well done Mr. Stoermer…

HERE is the link if you want to place your order for the album…

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Alternative, Prog-rock, Psychedelic